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Annual Program Letter due for Experimental/RE gliders

It is the time of the year to remind members that if they have a glider that is licensed in
the “Experimental – Racing & Exhibition” category, they may have to file their annual
Program Letter. Anyone with a glider licensed in this category should consult the
Limitations document accompanying their aircraft certification paperwork for addition

Posted: 1/14/2019

Airworthiness Directive for Glasflugel gliders

The FAA has issued an airworthiness directive (AD) effective November 18, 2018 for Glasflugel Models Club Libelle 205, H 301 “Libelle,” H 301B “Libelle,” Kestrel, Mosquito, Standard “Libelle,” and Standard Libelle-201B gliders. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) issued by the aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product.  The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as jamming between the double two-ring end of the towing cable and the deflector angles of the CG release mechanism. We are issuing the AD to prevent failure of the towing cable to disconnect, which could result in reduced or loss of control of the glider or the cable breaking and causing injury to people on the ground.

A copy of the Federal register entry and the AD is here.  A copy of the referenced technical note is here.

Posted: 1/14/2019

IS28B2 Lark Life Limit Clarification

The FAA has issued a letter of clarification regarding the Life Limit for the IS28B2 2-place Lark.  The letter is located here.

Posted: 10/19/2017

FAA AMOC for L-13 Available

From the FAA, dated 7/7/17:

I would like your assistance in getting the word out on a global AMOC to AD 2010-18-05, for the L-13 Blanik gliders.  The AMOC (letter here) allows the use of Blanik Aircraft CZ Service Bulletin L13/117a, Revision 1, dated September 29, 2016, to satisfy the modification requirements in paragraph (f) of FAA AD 2010-18-05.  The requester is the current TC Holder for the L-13 Blanik glider, Blanik Aircraft CZ s.r.o.  They have given their permission for this letter to be posted online for the benefit of all operators.  It’s already been posted to the www.regulations.gov website.

Posted: 7/7/2017

FAA issues clarification on FAR 91.215/91.225 exempt aircraft

The FAA issued a letter of clarification on the the differences in wording regarding exempt  aircraft as described in FARs 91.215 and 91.225.  Essentially, the FAA has indicated that the wording differences are unintentional and therefore aircraft exempt under 91.215 are also exempt under 91.225.


A copy of the letter is located here.

Posted: 2/4/2017

FAA Withdraws Transponder ANPRM

The FAA has withdrawn ANPRM FAA-2015-2147 which would have required that gliders operating above 10,000 MSL have an operating transponder.  Glider operations below 10,000 MSL would not have been impacted even if this rule had passed.

The SSA continues to encourage voluntary compliance for gliders operating in high traffic areas.

The Federal Register entry is located here:


A pdf copy of the above Federal Register entry is located here.


Posted: 12/28/2016

FAA develops procedures to allow Student Pilot solo on their eligibility birthday

FAA develops procedures to allow Student Pilot solo on their eligibility birthday.

Notice Number: NOTC6635
As a result of the Student Pilot Application Requirement rule, which became effective April 1, 2016, student pilot applicants with intentions of exercising pilot in command privileges on their eligibility birthday were unable to do so because of the new TSA vetting requirements. The FAA recognized the unintended impact the new rule presented, and has published a notice that defines the procedures to allow student pilots to solo on their 16th birthday (or their 14th birthday when seeking a balloon or glider rating.)
Qualified individuals processing student pilot applications for applicants with intentions of exercising pilot in command privileges should encourage applicants  to submit a paper FAA form 8710-1: Airman Certificate and/or Rating Application to a qualified individual through a face-to-face interaction up to 90 days prior to their 16th birthday when seeking an airplane, rotorcraft, airship, weight­shift­control, powered parachute, or powered lift rating privilege (or up to 90 days prior to their 14th birthday when seeking balloon or glider rating privileges.) The FAA cannot ensure adequate processing time for applications submitted less than 30 days prior to the applicant’s eligibility birthday. All qualified individuals, including Certificated Flight Instructors, should forward the completed application to their jurisdictional Flight Standards District Office (FSDO). Typical processing time for a Student Pilot Certificate is approximately three weeks from the date the Airman Registry receives the application, provided they clear the TSA vetting process.
On the applicant’s eligibility birthday, the applicant should print a temporary authorization to operate from the FAA online service at: http://www.faa.gov/licenses_certificates/airmen_certification/certificate_replacement. This authorization allows the applicant to exercise pilot in command privileges for no more than 60 days or until the applicant’s permanent student pilot certificate arrives via mail.
For a complete explanation of the procedures, the FAA Notice can be found at http://fsims.faa.gov/PICDetail.aspx?docId=N%208900.371 or on the FAA Orders and Notices page at http://www.faa.gov/regulations_policies/orders_notices/index.cfm/go/document.list/documentType/notice


-- Cindy Brickner, Govt. Liaison Committee

Posted: 8/4/2016

FAA Simplifies ADSB installations

The FAA recently issued a new policy regarding ADSB installations.  The policy is located here:


News Article:

From the article:

"The FAA released a policy memo on March 2 that updates guidance on
installation of ADS-B out systems, essentially allowing avionics shops
to install ADS-B equipment on aircraft not covered by a supplemental
type certificate (STC) without having to obtain a new STC. This new
policy, said Bill Stone, Garmin senior business development manager,
“significantly reduces cost, downtime and uncertainty about how long the
aircraft is going to be down.” The installer does have to obtain
permission from the original STC holder.


Posted: 5/18/2016

L 23 Super Blanik Gliders - Global AMOC Issued - FAA AD 2010-15-05

Dear Stephen,

I’d appreciate your assistance in getting the word out on a global AMOC to AD 2010-15-05, paragraph (f)(2), on the Aircraft Industries a.s. Model L 23 Super Blanik gliders.  The AMOC allows the use of an alternate inspection method (eddy current) for the repetitive inspections called for in paragraph (f)(2).   The requester, Ms. Laurie Marshall, has given her permission for this letter to be posted online for the benefit of all operators.  It’s already been posted to the www.regulations.gov website.  I appreciate your  help to get this information out to the L 23 glider community through the normal SSA channels.     

Thanks and Best Regards,

Jim Rutherford

Aerospace Engineer

Federal Aviation Administration

901 Locust Room 301, ACE-112

Kansas City, MO  64106

Office: 816-329-4165

Email: jim.rutherford@faa.gov

Posted: 6/30/2015

AMOC to Grob AD-2012-10-11

From the FAA on AD-2012-10-11:

I would like your assistance in getting the word out on a global AMOC to AD 2012-10-11, paragraphs (f)(1)(i), (f)(1)(iii), and (f)(2), on the Grob G 109 and G 109B gliders.  The AMOC allows the use of a later version (Rev 1) of the referenced service information: Grob Aircraft S/B No. MSB817-58/1, dated February 17, 2015.  The requester, Mr. Christian Klix, has given his permission for this letter to be posted online for the benefit of all operators.

A copy of the FAA letter describing the AMOC is here.

A copy of the Grob SB is here.

Posted: 4/15/2015

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